M&A Trends Report 2015

Analysis

M&A trends report 2015

Comprehensive look at the M&A market

According to the findings of the 2015 M&A Trends Report, an overwhelming majority of the 2,500 surveyed executives at US corporations and private equity firms expect the robust pace of mergers and acquisitions to extend–or even accelerate–in 2015. This momentum is expected across the board, in private and public businesses, in multiple industry sectors, in companies and private equity firms large, small, and in between.

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Key findings

  • A vast majority of corporate respondents expect 2015 to be a strong year for M&A. 85 percent anticipate acceleration or at least sustaining 2014’s heady pace, up from 84 percent in last year’s report. Only 6 percent of respondents expect deal-making activity to decrease.
  • Private equity respondents forecast increasing deal activity. 94 percent of respondents at these investment firms forecast average to very high deal activity, up from 89 percent a year earlier.
  • More companies, 39 percent of all surveyed, expect to tap into the robust M&A environment to pursue divestitures. That’s an increase of almost 25 percent.
  • Private equity respondents anticipate ramping up both add-on acquisitions and portfolio exits in 2015.
  • There’s strong interest in overseas expansion this year, as opposed to last year, among both companies and private equity firms. Among private equity respondents, 85 percent indicated that their deals involve acquiring a company domiciled in a foreign market, up from 73 percent a year earlier. On the corporate side, 74 percent of respondents are investing overseas, up from 59 percent last year.
  • The technology and health care sectors – as was the case in 2014 – should see strong deal-making activity. Energy, specifically oil and gas, surged up the ranks and is the second most likely sector to experience M&A activity.
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M&A Trends Report 2015: Comprehensive look at the M&A market

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